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The Literature of Change

Studies in the Nineteenth Century Provincial Novel, 1st Edition

By John Lucas


230 pages

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First published in 1977, this book studies three important nineteenth-century novelists: Mrs Gaskell, William Hale White and Thomas Hardy. They are all provincial novelists who wrote about social change and the attendant problems and pressures this brought with it. Unlike previous critics, who have tended to concentrate on her ‘social-problem’ novels, here the author treats Gaskell’s Sylvia’s Lovers and Cousin Phillis as central texts. However a chapter also examines Gaskell and Engels perception of social change in Manchester. This book also seeks to correct Hale White’s neglect, anointing Revolution in Tanner’s Lane and Clara Hopgood major works. The survey of women in Hardy’s novels represents an illuminating new angle and leads on to a discussion of love and marriage in later Victorian fiction.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition; Introduction; 1 Mrs Gaskell and the Nature of Social Change 2 Engels, Mrs Gaskell and Manchester 3 William Hale White and the Problems of Deliverance 4 Hardy’s Women 5 A Note on the Treatment of Love and Marriage in Later Victorian Fiction; Notes; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Social History
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century